Community Guidelines - Yes, This Means YOU!

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Community Guidelines - Yes, This Means YOU!

Plagarism is REAL and it is a SERIOUS offense.

Community Guidelines
Back in the day, one of our original bloggers here in the Rain, Lenn Harley, taught us on many occasions to write our own content -  the copyright infringement problem is real. Here is one of Lenn's posts about the topic of plagiarism. The problem continues and if you are old or new to this forum, please read the Community Guidelines here.

 

Over the years, we've seen this problem resolved by

  • The offended party or the AR Staff (or both) reaching out directly to the guilty party
  • The guilty party being removed from the forum
  • Attorney Cease & Desist letters issued to the guilty party
  • HUGE fines - I've heard $10K fines from members who I know have pursued those who have stolen posts (verbatim or in part) and photos. 


BE ORIGINALI personally know a member who was hit with a HEFTY fine for snagging a picture of a HOT DOG from Google and it happened to be a Getty Image. They take no prisoners, NOR SHOULD WE!

If we are associated with a publisher via membership such as Keeping Current Matters (KCM), we should credit them with any information we use. It was NOT our original content if we utilize their verbiage or their graphs, etc.

 

That all said, you may not be 'caught,' confronted or even fined the first time but, why even take the chance? BE ORIGINAL!

 

Thank you, Lynn B. Friedman, for encouraging ALL members to go back and read the Community Guidelines - something which all members should be keenly aware. 

 

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | Community Guidelines - Yes, This Means YOU!

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George Souto
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Debe Lenn Harley was the AR "Plagiarizing" enforcement Queen, and many of her blogs were on this topic.

Jan 17, 2019 03:20 PM #8
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Debe, funny I was thinking of writing about this subject tonight as in the Community Guidelines... agreed this is a problem not just here but on all the Internet platforms...  I suspect this started 40+ years ago with the introduction of Cliff Notes for books:)),Endre

Jan 17, 2019 09:42 PM #9
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Morning Debe.

Exactly, that is why you hardly ever see me post a photo, or for that matter much of anything someone else has posted or stated.

Jan 18, 2019 01:12 AM #10
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Copyrights are a protection...Violations need to be taken very seriously..it IS "criminal."

Jan 18, 2019 03:14 AM #11
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A timely reminder and I remember years back where there were num erous posts about this oon Active Rain. This is the first one I have read in a long time.

Jan 18, 2019 06:40 AM #12
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You're right - it's everywhere, William Feela! Why people can't just be who they REALLY are is beyond me!

Jan 18, 2019 05:42 PM #13
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Agreed, Wayne Martin! I have dropped paragraphs from posts into Google and found the same exact paragraph written earlier by someone else. That drives me absolutely batty!

Jan 18, 2019 05:43 PM #14
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Thanks, Sham Reddy - if you just be yourself, you won't ever have to worry about getting into any trouble! 

Jan 18, 2019 05:45 PM #15
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Right! Sadly, there are some who still need the reminder, Barbara Todaro!

Have a great weekend! 

Jan 18, 2019 05:49 PM #16
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Hi Beth Atalay! I completely agree - people need to think on their own. I truly believe that the 'personal' part is what sells marketing. When you copy others, it's not YOU! I just don't get that mentality.

Jan 18, 2019 05:52 PM #17
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Same here, Roy Kelley - if I use someone else's content, I'm grateful to them and definitely give them credit.

Jan 18, 2019 05:53 PM #18
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Yep, thanks to Lynn B. Friedman for he annual reminder to re-read these guidelines. There are still members who definitely need to, Sheri Sperry - MCNE®!

Jan 18, 2019 05:55 PM #19
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Oh, I miss her so much, George Souto! She once made me a local map - I was so honored!

Jan 18, 2019 05:55 PM #20
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Imagine that we were on the same page, Endre Barath, Jr.!  And, you're so right, the problem is all over the place and I just don't understand why agents can't think for themselves. I agree, Cliffsnotes started the madness! 

Jan 18, 2019 05:57 PM #21
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I take photos or create my own graphics all of the time for that very reason, James Dray! I don't ever have to worry! 

Jan 18, 2019 05:58 PM #22
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I agree, Sally K. & David L. Hanson! I've never understood the inability to think on their own. 

Jan 18, 2019 06:00 PM #23
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I'll never beat the topic as well as Lenn did but, I do report the offenders to the powers that be, Joe Pryor. The madness needs to stop!

Jan 18, 2019 06:01 PM #24
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Debe Maxwell, CRS - I don't believe your soul or mine would allow either one of us to be anything other than original. I just don't understand how anyone can be so bold and stupid to plagiarize. What have they to gain? Nothing. Absolutely nothing!  

Jan 19, 2019 03:53 PM #25
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Debe Maxwell, CRS - 

P.S. I don't believe in plagiarizing but I do believe in Angels. Lenn Harley is definitely an AR Angel!

Jan 19, 2019 03:54 PM #26
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I agree on all of your points, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP! What they have to gain is 'fooling' the masses. I think that bothers me (and others) as much as knowing the hard work I/we put into my/our posts, only to be stolen.

It's worse than breaking into my house and stealing from me - it's far more personal to me. And, don't you miss Lenn? I loved her no-nonsense approach to life but, I also knew her softer side. She was very generous to many members here in the Rain. 

Jan 19, 2019 05:49 PM #27
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